Is not JUST a dog.
It is not disposable. When you get a dog, it becomes a family member. It wants your love and attention. It wants to play and cuddle. It needs to be fed, watered, petted, played with, and kept out of the weather. It needs good quality food and a sheltered, dry place to sleep. It needs training and regular vet care. It has LOTS of energy when it’s young, and maybe extra energy longer depending on its breed. Above all, it worships you and wants to please you so badly it will keep trying no matter what, to the very last breath it exhales.
If you get a Dog…
|This is that fuzzy, shedding warm body--|
on the large side-- in Amy Breckinridge
|A beautiful old lady dumped in a |
shelter on Christmas Day, 2012
Or will you simply break its heart?
If you had a child and had to downsize your house, would you drop off your child at an orphanage that might kill him or her after only a couple of days? Your dog is part of your family. It adores you, feels loneliness and anxiety when you leave, feels pain in both its body and soul when it’s hurt, and will feel terror if you abandon it.
|13 (yes, 13) year old female Great Dane|
dumped at a shelter on January 10, 2013
And a Dog is NEVER a target for your anger or aggression.
It is a living, breathing creature that depends completely on you for EVERYTHING. From the second you decide to exert ownership over a puppy or an adult dog, its fate is completely and utterly in your hands.
So think birth control.
If you can’t love your new puppy or dog forever, if you don’t have the patience to train it and deal with the things required to take care of it, if you can’t stay in its life for the long haul, then save some poor dog the misery and put the equivalent of a condom on yourself:
Don’t get one to begin with.
January 09, 2013